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>> see you back here tomorrow morning at 4:25. have a great day, everybody! good morning. washed away. after damaging or destroying more than 4,000 homes in north dakota, there's new flooding concern this morning in the northern plains as officials keep their eyes on two nuclear power plants in nebraska along the swollen missouri river. targeting gadhafi. libya's leader faces potential war crimes charges, while the government spokesman says gadhafi refuses to give up power. we'll give you the latest as the crisis passes the 100 day mark. gaining ground. as congresswoman michele bachmann embraces new ground
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she's a cofavorite with mitt romney in the key early state. we'll get the latest on the crowded field alleges the race for the white house heats up "early" this monday morning, june 27th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >> good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a monday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> good morning. i'm rebecca jarvis. erica hill is off. thanks for starting your week with us. >> good to have you with us rebecca. the poll is getting a lot of attention in iowa, not for just who is on top but who is on the bottom. former minnesota governor, tim pawlenty has 6% support, behind her man cain, ron paul and newt gingrich. we'll ask him about his showing and what it means for his campaign. he spent 26 days there and television ads, considerable
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money for little results. >> little results but we have seen other people go through a similar thing and pull ahead later in the game so we will certainly ask him about that. we begin with the latest on the midwest flooding as the situation starts to ease just a little in minot, north dakota. there are new worries for a pair of nuclear power plants along the flood missouri river. jamie yuccas with wcct with more. >> reporter: the river crested over the weekend and water levels are starting to go down. further south in nebraska water levels are rising on the river levels threatening two nuclear power plants near omaha. 20 miles north of omaha, the ft. calhoun nuclear plant has been closed since april for refueling. here a protective wall or berm collapsed after river waters reached dangerous levels. >> all the plants in the u.s.
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have been designed to deal with what we think are largest historical floods and this designed to deal with a much higher flood. >> reporter: gregory jaszco toured the plant. >> it's not typical we'll see the water levels get that high. >> reporter: in north dakota the mouse river is heading back down but more than 11,000 residents remain displaced from their homes. >> going through this has been worth it. because it's drawing us closer together and reminding us of what's truly valuable. >> reporter: today the mouse river was flowing fiercely six feet above major flood stage in
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minot. over at the municipal auditorium the red cross shelters many of the evacuees. >> here we are until we find a place to stay for awhile and decide what it we're going to do. >> reporter: while the water levels are dropping here, people may not be able to get to their homes for days if not weeks. >> difficult stuff. thanks for joining us, jamie yuccas in minot, north dakota. moammar gadhafi's regime in libya insists he's in command and will stay in command even as he faces possible war crimes and rebel forces try to shut off his supply line. we'll get the latest from dana lewis and jamie rubin. we begin with mark phillips in london. good morning. >> good morning. the judges at the international criminal court have been asked to issue an arrest warrant for moammar gadhafi. that would mean gadhafi is not
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just fighting an internal war against rebel forces and nato's war planes, it means he becomes an internationally wanted man. that moammar gadhafi is an international irritant and oppressor of his people is a fact but whether he is a war criminal is a matter for the international court. it is his conduct that prosecutors say constitutes criminal behavior. the evidence comes from places like zawiyah, where demonstrators were shot at by gadhafi's forces and misrata, one of the flash points where government forces are said to have used sniper fire on the civilian population and to have shelled the town. not just the libyan leaders cited by the prosecution, his son, saif al islam, who has gone
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quiet lately, is also accused as is the country's shadowy intelligence chief. moammar has been accused of supporting terrorist groups but this is the first time legal proceedings have been initiated against him. an arrest warrant would increase the pressure on moammar gadhafi but doesn't mean he's about to face justice. any country accepting is in theory obliged to arrest him if he shows up there. the safest place for moammar gadhafi right now to be tripoli. >> cbs' mark fiphiladelphifilph you. cbs' dana lewis is in tripoli, libya's capital for us.
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>> reporter: good morning, chris. we heard two loud explosions in tripoli. the rebels and nato are claiming some progress but critics say progress has been painstakingly slow. 101 days into nato's mission to force the gadhafi regime to put down its arms. critics say nato is underequipped, questionable progress. they claim nato doesn't coordinate air strikes to provide adequate air cover so they can punch through gadhafi's forces so they can move through the capital. nato has to be careful attacking pro-gadhafi forces hiding in civilian areas. the alliance is severely underresourced say critics. it's launched one-third the number of sorties over libya compared to when nato attacked kosovo in 19990 push out the serbs. an effort to push out gadhafi may complicate him to live in exile.
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this man says no, no, no, gadhafi is no criminal. only he can lead libya. nato is the war criminal. nato has women warriors ready to fight nato. why is nato taking so long? and the rebels today also claim some progress to the south of tripoli. they are trying to move and take over the east/west supply route to the capital of libya. if they're able to cut off supplies it would bring tremendous pressure on the regime of moammar gadhafi. dana lewis, cbs, tripoli. >> joining us is former assistant secretary of state jamie rubin. the international criminal court will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for moammar gadhafi. does this change or impact anything on the ground in libya right now, should this happen? >> i think interestingly as mark
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phillips pointed out in the report the issuing of an arrest warrant actually makes it less likely that you can have a diplomatic outcome because there's no country that gadhafi's going to feel safe going to, knowing that there's an arrest warrant so we have these two things running against each other, the desire to figure a way out for gadhafi so we end the conflict. on the other hand, the international legal process which makes that even harder. >> so is there a solution here? i think the only solution having started this conflict is for nato to finish it successfully. remember, gadhafi was responsible for international terrorism. he was responsible for building a real nuclear weapons capability that he gave up under the bush administration. so this is a dangerous man. having producted this lion, having poked him, you're going to have to finish it off. we may have to get more
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involved. >> libyan rebels say they're advancing against gadhafi's forces in the west. some as close as 50 miles south of tripoli. is this now the time where nato and the u.s. need to step up their efforts and move in and finish this once and for all? >> first of all, once we've decided to use air power alone, rather than ground troops and that's a perfectly logical decision by the president, we have to be patient. air power doesn't work like ground troops the way we say in the first gulf war just took over the iraqi forces and flew them out of kuwait in a few days. air power is slower. if you want to succeed here, having started this, i think there is a way for the united states to get involved from the front, rather than just supporting the british and the french and that means more u.s. aircraft, more u.s. missiles and directing the fire much more carefully. >> when we use words like finish off and succeed, is that code for kill gadhafi?
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is that what needs to be done? >> i don't know whether it's us doing it or someone around him doing it. it's pretty clear to me at least he's not leaving tripoli. partly because he'll be arrested and partly because he's gadhafi. whether it's someone around him or a brit shall or american bomb it will end with gadhafi end. >> it's dragging on too long in the eyes of nato or the u.s. >> got to step up the effort if you want to get this over with. >> good to see you. here's jeff glor at the news desk with the check of the headlines. >> gloorng to you and everyone at home. a fast moving wildfire moved within a mile of the los alamos national laboratory, new mexico. los alamos, where the first atomic bombs were developed during world war ii. los alamos will be closed for business today but lab officials say that all radioactive and hazardous materials are
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protected. up to 100 area homes have been evacuated. nearly two dozen people adults and kids are recovering from minor injuries after a frightening school bus crash yesterday. the bus flipped over in south central pennsylvania, on its way to a krumpb camp. the bus tried to avoid a car that veered into its lane. the driver of the car may face charges. five people remain unaccounted for after a truck hit an amtrak train nevada friday. authorities say the missing may have left the train before the crash or walked away without telling police. records show the trucking company had been cited in the past for unsafe driving. there is still a deadlock over raising the nation's debt limit so today president obama meets with senate leaders, he will try to restart talks that fell apart last week. bill plante has more from the white house this morning. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff.
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those talks were being led by vice president biden, up against a deadline of july 1st to give time to the leaders of both parties to sell any deal to their members before early august, because that theoretically is when the u.s. government runs out of money to pay its bills and the interest on its bonds. both sides are now calling on president obama to step in and take personal charge of the negotiations, following their collapse last week, after the republicans walked out. today, the president will meet separately with the two senate leaders at the white house. senate democrats led by majority leader harry reid want to raise revenue by closing loopholes and trimming tax breaks for big companies and wealthy people. >> we do not want to raise anybody's tax rates. >> reporter: republicans led by mitch mcconnell say that any tax increase is off the table. >> the whole business of raising taxes regardless of how you go about it is something that this congress is not likely to do.
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we have a spending problem. we don't have a problem because we tax too little. >> reporter: both sides eventually thought it would come to this, the president getting involved just as he did last april when the government was about to shut down. this is more serious because it involves a potential default of the u.s. government and neither side really wants to let that happen so both sides are predicting that they will come to some sort of deal. >> okay, bill, thank you. a close encounter for earth this morning, astronomers say a newly discovered asteroid discovered just last week is passing within 7,500 miles of our planet. it is thought to be 16 and 35 feet wide but it will miss us. you heard of jumping the shark, in florida, a shark jumped a surfer. there it is, jumping over the surfer. a four foot long spinner shark
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went behind a surfer. four feet, usually about six feet, they prefer shallow water and eat fish, not humans, good news for this surfer. coming up on 15 minutes past the hour. marysol castro has our first check of weather. >> good morning. most of the nation focusing on the northern plains where we keep an eye on minot. the storm system has pushed out leaving cooler than normal temperatures. next 48 hours we're not expected to see a lot of rain for the northern plains. the wind is coming out of the north, keeping things cooler than normal. two areas of severe weather, central plains and ohio river valley, gusty winds, possibility of hail, maybe a tornado. also a rain event. st. louis saw three inches. today is indianapolis'
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. over to chris and rebecca. good morning. hope you both had a great weekend. >> thank you. you, too. up next, michelle obama back in the states this morning after wrapping up her historic viltzity to africa. >> we'll look at the speeches, the scenes, what this trip meant to the first family, happening right here on "the early show" on cbs. ♪
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we turn to washington, late last night after a week long goodwill mission to south africa and botswana, they took part in everything from painting to pushups. it was her words that got the most attention, as tara mergener reports. >> reporter: her five day mission included 20 public events, painting in a center for children with hiv and aids, here meeting with women in leadership roles and offering words of inspiration and empowerment to a younger generation. >> and i want you to say with one voice, the voice of a generation, you tell them, yes, we can. >> reporter: and the wife of america's first black president met with 92-year-old nelson mandela who spent 27 years in prison to end south africa's apartheid. >> i told him, you cannot imagine how important your
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legacy is to who i am, to who my husband is. >> reporter: mrs. obama also later visited soweto where some 500 people died standing up to segregation. >> the story of young people who marched until their feet were raw, who endured beatings and bullets and decades behind bars, who risked and sacrificed everything they had for the freedom they deserved, it is because of them that i stand before you as first lady of the united states of america. >> reporter: tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> one reason the first lady is so passionate will reaching africa's young, 60% of the population is under the age of 25. coming up we look at michele bachmann and mitt romney in a dead heat in iowa, what the latest poll means for the republican presidential field.
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mitt romney and michele bachmann essentially running neck and neck with iowa voters according to a new poll as bachmann launches her official campaign in iowa this morning. welcome back to "the early show" everyone, i'm chris wragge along with rebecca jarvis. erica hill is off this morning. good to see you. >> good to be here, chris. thank you. we are following that new poll which by "the des moines register" newspaper is shaking up the republican race. jan crawford is in waterloo, iowa, with more on the bachmann surge. good morning, jan. >> reporter: good morning, rebecca. bachmann's advisers told me they
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thought she would do pretty well in the pistol, got momentum but to have her neck in neck with front-runner mitt romney came as a surprised to them. she hasn't even started her campaign yet. it will give her a real boost. she's the face of the tea party, outsider unafraid to take on the establishment. surrounded by her family in the small town of waterloo, iowa, michele bachmann was a hometown girl who could be president. >> i am going to announce that i'm running for the presidency of the united states of america. >> reporter: thanks to our strong showing in the last republican debate a couple high profile interviews on the sunday talk shows and new "des moines register" pistol she's a front-runner for the gop nomination. in the poll of likely iowa caucus goers, massachusetts governor mitt romney is atop the field with 23% but in a
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statistical dead heat with bachmann at 22%. bachmann was expected to do well in iowa, she was born here in waterloo but the question is whether this queen of the tea party can attract a wide base of support across the republican party. a former tax attorney bachmann is sharply critical of barack obama and kept it up on sunday's "face the nation." >> this is the obama deficit, obama debt, due to obama spending. >> reporter: a mother of five who also helped raise 23 foster children, bachmann's frustration with local education policy led her into politics. she is unapologetically conservative on social issues, she opposes abortion and as a state senator led the fight against gay marriage. as a presidential candidate she will be under a microscope and already is feeling some heat. >> a person who may have been on the record as saying he favored same-sex marriage, you wouldn't disqualify that person for nominating him to the supreme court? >> my primary test will be the
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constitution. they need to be a strong constitutional and recognize that justices should not act outside of the bounds, neither should the congress, neither should the president. >> i'd say i don't think you answered the question. >> no, if you want to go further we will. >> reporter: at this event, she was surrounded by her children, her family, her mother. there were about 600 people. i talked to them after and the word they used to describe her is genuine, they're sick of washington and politicians, think they say one thing and do something else and they see michele bachmann as someone who is going to do what she believes. rebecca? >> jan, hang with us for a moment. we want to bring in political analyst john dickerson in washington, good morning, john. great to have you with us. what is a big surprise is how close bachmann and mitt romney are in this poll. what does it say about mitt romney's standing within the gop? >> well, iowa is a particular
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case, there are a lot of social conservatives in iowa and this tells us how it's shaking out at this moment in iowa. romney hasn't campaigned particularly hard in iowa. this shows he's run before, got some people there who still like him. the question is if this is a high water mark. if his numbers start slipping his opponents can say this could be part of a larger weaker about romney. >> he's basically written off iowa at this point. jan, how does that play with voters there? >> reporter: well, they're obviously the ones i talked to last night would put mitt romney in the camp of candidates who say what they think the voters want to hear so you're seeing already in iowa i think a real shift to someone like a michele bachmann as john said obviously it is early but remember we haven't even had the straw poll, that will be next month, there will be a lot of publicity for
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that. republican strategist say they believe romney numbers will slip and if the presumptive front-runner, the national front-runner, he really can't afford to go way down to the bottom of that pack. he's not expecting to win iowa but doesn't want to bring up the rear either. >> john, clearly this is not the news that the pawlenty group wanted to hear out of iowa. how significant do you think this will be to his campaign and success and strength going forward? >> the pawlenty camp has to hope that this poll is as useful as the one in 2007 who showed mike huckabee who went on to win by 4%. what they have to worry about in the short term is two things, they're trying to raise money, candidates need to live and have organizations and that requires big checks and so tim pawlenty has to make the case and fund-raisers have to make the case on the phone he's a contender, and also in terms of
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getting supporters to line up behind him and challenges their strategy. it's a test with campaigns whether to stick to long-term strategy or shake things up in the middle. they have to decide whether to change course or stick to the strategy. that can cause campaigns a little bit of heartburn. >> reporter: john brings up the money being an issue, insiders are saying that the struggles for the pawlenty camp to raise money have been growing for weeks. >> reporter: that's right. i'm hearing that here on the ground in iowa as well, where he has spent a lot of money on staff and a lot of time. as john indicates, what people here are saying, too, is that this really could hurt his momentum to try to build that donor base and continue those fund-raising efforts, that's why some of the early poll numbers could be important, it's the momentum factor and let me tell you if anyone's got momentum in iowa, it is michele bachmann. >> cbs' jan crawford and john dickerson thank you for joining us. in our next hour we'll be
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speaking with gop presidential candidate tim pawlenty about the race in iowa. he's got big times and a long road ahead. >> jeff glor is at the news desk with another check of the headlines. >> good morning to you once again. the international criminal court at the hague has ordered the arrest of moammar gadhafi, one of his sons and intelligence chief, charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly attacking libyan civilians. the court has no police or military force and relies on other states to make arrests. flooding from the missouri river has closed two power plants in nebraska. the ft. calhoun station was surrounded by water yesterday after a berm collapsed. there's no water in the plant which shut down in april. officials at the cooper plant in the south expect it to remain dry. federal regulators say both locations are safe. there morning a massive fire
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testimony today in the appeal of amanda knox, the seattle college student convicted of murder in italy. the judges are hearing from a man also convicted of hearing knox's roommate in 2007. allen pizzey has this manda. >> reporter: amanda knox didn't start out as the main focus of attention in court today for the if, time. this is knox's best but not last chance to win freedom on appeal. she asked for permission to address the court but she and her former boyfriend raffaele sollecito had to hear from rudy guede who denied defense claims he told a fellow prisoner that knox and sollecito were not present when kercher was assaulted and had her throat slashed in a house she shared with knox in 2007. guede admitted to being on the scene and dna proved he and
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kercher had some sexual contact on the night of the encounter. the trial began in november but knox's mother says everyone involved has become realistic about how far they still have to go. >> none of us are overconfident because of what happened in the first trial, found guilty even though she's innocent. i think she's nervous about getting things going but i think we're more hopeful now than we have been in a while. >> reporter: when she got her chance to speak knox says the courtroom was the only time she and guede was the only time she had been in the same space. the appeal process will resume in july. allen pizzey, cbs news, rome. coming up next, the supreme court decision designed to have a ripple effect in the entertainment industry. we'll look at the argument when we come back. this is t"the early show" on cb.
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the supreme court is expecting to decide today if california can prohibit the sale of violent video games to minors. cbs news correspondent whit johnson looks at the court fight that took six years to make its way to washington. >> reporter: dena pollard saks has four children and like most children they love video games. >> it becomes almost impossible to tear them away at the level of addiction really. >> reporter: as a parent her concern is the increasingly violent nature found in "call of duty" and "manhunt." >> my concern is they start to think violent terms when you do something all day long it tends to affect the way you see the world, the way you think, sometimes their immediate reaction to some kind of dispute is oh i'm going to blow his head
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off. where'd you get that? well you just blew the head off in the video game. >> reporter: some experts agree saying the images and actions kids are exposed to while playing the games could impact their behavior. >> video games especially ones out now there's much more active participation. we are involved in it, these kids and teenagers are the ones doing the killing or maiming or involved in the violence. >> to me the government doesn't just have the right but the obligation to tell parents what's going on with the games, what they believe the games can cause in terms of harms to children and i think regulation is more than reasonable. >> reporter: not so says paul smith of the video game industry. >> it's not up to the government to decide who is wholesome or not wholesome. >> reporter: despite the rating system the state of california passed a law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to
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minors but the law was blocked and never took effect. games are considered violent if they allow killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being. stores that sell them to children under the age of 18 would be fined $1,000. >> not taking anything away from adults, just kids, who aren't in the best place to make decisions about their mental health and i think the government is doing the right thing in california. >> reporter: whit johnson, cbs news, washington. we'll be right back. this is "the early show" on cbs. s how the taste inspired them. new rich caramel macchiato. one of three new ways to add your flavor. with coffee-mate, from nestle. we all want fewer chemicals. new all free clear oxi-active. a free clear detergent that's tough on stains and gentle on skin. try new all free clear oxi-active.
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don't mean much. if they didn't hillary clinton or rudy giuliani would be president today. mike huckabee would be. iowa folks make up their mind late in the process. all of the other candidates have to travel that same road. >> governor, you have spent a lot of time there, spent money there, had television ads air in the region. you think there would be a better response, would you not? ? actually our media is just starting, the radio ads and tv ads started within the last few days so the effects of that weren't considered in this poll. this is the warmups or preseason and now the real season is starting. >> there's a negative message out there this morning and obviously this is the first issue coming up. how do you put a more positive spib aside from the fact this was a similar situation with mike huckabee? >> the early quote almost never predict the winner.
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i know the fact of the matter is hillary clinton was 20 or 30 points ahead of barack obama at this point, rudy giuliani was the prohibitive front-runner and of course it all changed and most iowans decide very late and oftentimes shift their votes back and forth late in the process. the early polls are interesting to the media but poor predictors of who actually wins. >> one thing on everyone's mind is the economy, and in particular the debt ceiling is something that washington can't come together on, can't make a decision on it. the similar situation in your home state and mine of minnesota, they can't come to a decision about the budget. how do you believe the gop and democrats are ever going to come together if we can't make minute decisions along the way? >> they're not minute decisions. this is a country that is drowning in debt, suffocating in our own deficit spending and i like the fact there's a line in the sand drawn in the form of the debt ceiling, really a spending ceiling. americans are fed up with the out of control spending.
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$40,000 a second being spent that we don't have, $144 million or so an hour that we don't have, going to take our country down from within. we need people to stand strong and say enough, we've had it, cut up the credit card. i hope republicans stand strong in washington and do just that. >> if they do stand strong beyond the august 2nd deadline we face default as a country. where is there some level of consensus. can we talk taxes and defense spending cuts? >> first of all they keep moving the deadline back so we don't know if the real deadline is august or not. pay the outside creditors first. take away the fear. make the rest about deficit spending. it's something i advocated for many months. we can't continue on the current path and have to tighten the belts in washington, d.c., just like families have and small businesses have. when i was governor of the state of minnesota, we moved spending
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from historic highs to historic lows. if it can be done there under my leadership it can be done anywhere including in washington. >> let's talk about your money, your funding. is it difficult? "the washington post" has an article comes out last week, a lot of your top aides are either volunteering or working for little or no pay. is it difficult to keep up the with the romneys and huntsmans who seem to have the unlimited war chests they can dip into? >> i'm glad some of my senior consultants agreed to work for not much pay because they believe in the cause and my candidacy. it's a positive thing as far as i'm concerned. secondly we have enough money to run a buick, maybe not the bmw, not the lexus or mercedes campaign. mitt romney had the most money last time and didn't win. there's many examples of people running, think of steve forbes or others, the most money does not translate into victory. you got to have enough money to run the buick level campaign, and then we'll be able to move
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on from there. >> are donors sitting on the side lines, do you see top republican donors sitting on the side lines because they're not sure which candidate they want to get behind? >> 40% of the republicans nationally don't know me or much about me. as we have a chance to fill that space, the fact there isn't a prohibitive front-runner is a good thing that because it allows us time to make our case. >> which states are most important to you? >> iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, florida, and a couple others. those are the ones that come up first and also the ones that have disproportionate impact of how the race unfolds after that. >> you said "results not rhetoric" anyone you were pinpointing? >> ul aof the republican candidates are going to say many of the same things, cutting taxes and holding down spending and reforming schools through choice and accountability, market based, not government based health care reforms, tough on terrorism and pension reform, but the real question can you
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get up and say that. have you done it? i've done in a blue state and moved the needle big time and i think have the best record on results, not just flapping my jaw. >> you talked about not enough people knowing you, that seems to be a problem in iowa. your fairvevorability numbers ao high but poll numbers are low. do you need to be a candidate that goes a little bit more on the attack? i bring up the debate because you will admit there was an opportunity you could have gone on the attack against mitt romney but really decided to sit back? >> there is a progression from being unknown to known and once you're known people have to view you favorably and then they have to get support so we're on the continuum, that's a piece of positive news for us, high favorable ratings, that has to be converted from favorable impression to support. as to attacking mitt romney or other republicans we'll have policy decisions. i focused debate on presenting concerns about president obama, there will be plenty of time to
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highlight policy decisions between me and mitt romney and republicans in the future debates. >> the poll in iowa 69% said they would change their vote if they had an opportunity. >> they're late deciders. you look at iowa and new hampshire they are historically late deciders. >> thank you for taking the time. >> you're welcome. thanks for having me in. >> here's jeff glor with a check of today's other headlines. >> good morning to you. the international criminal court at the hague is officially issued an arrest for libyan leader moammar gadhafi. mark phillips has more, good morning. >> good morning, jeff. the battle against moammar gadhafi took a legal twist with the international criminal court in the hague issuing arrest warrants for gadhafi and also his son, save al islam and his head of libya services. there is reason to believe the three are criminally responsible
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for what they say is the orchestrating, killing, injuring, arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of civilians just during the first 12 days of the uprising against moammar gadhafi. those crimes alleged by the court appear to have taken place largely in the town of zawiyah, one of the earlier uprisings and continuing in misrata where what the court is essentially saying they're holding these three criminally responsible and have issued arrest warrants. whether they'll ever see the inside of a criminal courtroom is a different issue. they would have to travel to a third country to be arrested and that has not ever happened. the safest place moammar gadhafi appears to be in tripoli. jeff? >> mark, thank you. a fast moving wildfire is closing in on los alamos national laboratory in new
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mexico. the fire is now within a mile of the lab. area homes have been evacuated. the lab is closed. los alamos is where the first nuclear weapons were developed. flooding from the missouri river is closed. poses no threat to nuclear power plants in nebraska. the cooper plant south of omaha remains dry this morning but the ft. calhoun nuclear station north of omaha is surrounded by water. a berm protecting the ft. calhoun plant collapsed yesterday. it has been closed down since april. residents minot, north dakota, have their own high water problems. floodwaters peaked over the weekend at an july time high. jamie yuccas from wcco is in minot with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. er levels are slowly starting to go down here the river is still very wide, 10 to 20 times its normal width at this point, six feet higher than it should be
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right now, and that is having just a devastating effect on some of the homes here in minot. we caught a house being knocked off of its foundation just yesterday and a number of homes look the same way right now. the city under a boil water notice, people not able to drink the water or brush their teeth, after showering they have to use hand sanitizers. 11,000 people evacuated will not be able to see their home for days, if not weeks. the recovery process not being able to take effect for months. the number of people in shelters have jumped. >> jamie yuccas of wcco, thank you very much. scott pelley has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> the facility is supposed to be used to help veterans. why are some parts of a veterans affairs complex being leased to private businesses? we'll show you how the vets are fighting back tonight on the
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"cbs evening news." marysol castro has another check of the weather now. mary, good morning once again to you. >> good morning everyone at home. we look at the national picture. the northeast is absolutely gorgeous for today. i can't promise you it will stay that way. enjoy it today. two areas of severe weather in the ohio river valley and the central plains. st. louis and amarillo you will see some gusty winds, some hail and maybe the possibility of a tornado. we return to the heat. it continues to be a story for us, looking at two areas in the southwest, it's a dry heat but take a look at phoenix, 117, is their expected high for today and southeast, 101 for tulsa, oppressively hot and humid. don't rule out the possibility of a pop-up thunderstorm later on this afternoon. many cities are under excessive heat warnings and advisories, stay cool if you can. different story on the pacific northwest, the morning is beautiful, some rain moves in this afternoon and further inland as
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in this morning's "healthwatch" the number of adults living with diabetes has more than doubled in the past 30 years. medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton has more on the epidemic for us this morning. good morning. >> good morning to you chris. in the u.s. alone experts predict more than half the adult population will be dealing with some form of diabetes by the year 2020 and while some cases are tied to family history, many more are tied to obesity and unhealthy lifestyle choices. three years ago, 32-year-old gwen seton began feeling exhausted after almost every meal. when she went to her doctor a routine blood test quickly diagnosed her problem as diabetes. >> i was quite shocked when i got it, as young as i did, usually it's later onset disease in my family. >> reporter: seton was at high risk because of her family history. now she must follow strict
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dietary rules, test her blood sugar levels up to seven times a day to make sure her diabetes is kept under control. >> it gets frustrating, it's a constant consideration. it's not impossible to deal with but it is something that you always have to be mindful of. >> reporter: a new study indicates that more people than ever before are now living with the debilitating disease. in 1980 an estimated 153 million people were living with diabetes. in 2010 that number more than doubled, jumping to 347 million. >> the most likely explanations have to do with poor lifestyle habits of most of us in that we're exercising less than we should be and eating more than we should be. >> reporter: but there is some good news for people like gwen seton who have learned to manage their diabetes, better treatment and early intervention have helped to extend the life
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expectancy of those living with the disease by almost 15 years. >> so doc, let me ask you, what's responsible for the high numbers, is it obesity or other factors? >> worldwide obese sit the major reason, people are eating more and moving less but there are other factors that people need to know about that do put them at higher risk for diabetes, certainly family history is also a significant one, certain ethnic groups for example, asian people, african-americans are at higher risk, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes during pregnancy, even people on certain types of medication, statins that lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, high doses of those can be associated with increased risk of diabetes and antidepressants, some of those can increase the risk as well. >> clear up any confusion, difference between type one and type two diabetes. >> type one is auto immune disease you don't make enough insulin. the majority of people, over 90% of diabetics have type two where you make insulin but not enough
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and that is what is closely related although not completely to obesity. >> as far as the symptoms of die beetics, things people need to be on the lookout for. >> so many people with diabetes are unaware that they have it. they should ask their doctor if routine blood testing would be appropriate every year. you don't have to be fasting to get this blood test called an a1c. the big symptoms of diabetes, excessive thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss are the big ones. you can have nonhealing wounds or sores, you really want to ask your doctor if anything seems out of the ordinary. >> as far as prevention are there any effective measures people can take to avoid it? >> we say it again and again, lifestyle choices, behavioral issues are key, if you want to eat a healthful diet and exercise as much as possible. we know that again as the obesity rates go up, so have the diabetes incidents worldwide.
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those things are critically important. if you are at high risk, you want to aggressively try to modify them even if it involves switching certain types of medication. i tell my patients we should consider ourselves potentially at risk for diabetes. >> dr. jennifer ashton, thank you. stay with us. you're watching "the early show" here on cbs. and i've learned a lot from patients who use levemir flexpen. flexpen comes pre-filled with my long-acting insulin, and i dial the exact dose of insulin i need. my flexpen is discreet and doesn't need to be refrigerated. and flexpen goes wherever i go. levemir is a long-acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. do not take if your blood sugar is too low. tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take and all of your medical conditions, including if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. the most common side effect is low blood sugar. other possible side effects include reactions at the injection site.
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still ahead here this morning, two powerful brothers but in very different ways, while whitey bulger was running a major criminal organization in boston, william bulger was running the massachusetts state senate. >> it raised eyebrows then and still does today, even though william bulger is retired and whitey bulger is in jail, we'll look at both of their careers and show you their first meeting in at least 16 years right here on "the early show" on cbs. your local news is next. [ female announcer ] did you know
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welcome back to "the early show." i'm rebecca jarvis sitting in for erica hill, along with chris wragge. >> hope it was a good weekend. good to have you with us this morning, rebecca. we ha've been telling you at about the capture of whitey bulger after 16 years in hiding. many of you are familiar with his brother, william. two men who took very different paths in life, with elaine quijano. >> reporter: for a brief moment, exchanging smiles in a courtroom friday.
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james "whitey" bulger, finally facing justice, 16 years after he fled, and his younger brother, william, once considered one of the most powerful politicians in the state. in the working class neighborhoods of south boston known as southie, both men once ruled their respective worlds. white whiteiest head of the fearsome irish american winter hill gang while william rose to the american state senate. >> you are loyal to your friends and family and without that there's nothing. >> reporter: ultimately that loyalty may have cost william his job, after his career in the senate william was forced out of his position as president of the university of massachusetts in 2003, after being questioned during a congressional investigation. >> i do not know where my brother is. i do not know where he has been. >> reporter: in 1992, before whitey disappeared, william professed his loyalty to his brother in a "60 minutes"
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interview with morley safer. >> some might disown even a brother who went wrong. you've not done that. >> no. he's my brother. i care about him. >> reporter: now as whitey bulger faces numerous charges, including racketeering and 19 counts of murder there are questions about whether william helped his brother while he was on the run, but family friend joe atieri dismisses that. >> he didn't help his brother hide, give him money, he did nothing. >> reporter: william bulger has not said much since his brother's arrest. in a statement he expressed his sympathy to the families hurt by the circumstances of the case. two brothers leading separate lives yet both must live with the consequences. >> it must be really debilitating to be reading in the paper every day about this nonsense and to have it spill
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over on you as though you've done something wrong. >> reporter: elaine quijano cbs news, new york. >> one federal prosecutor says whitey bulger's girlfriend arrested with him told court officials william bulger was prepared to help pay his brother's bail and legal bills. here's rebecca. as libyan leader moammar gadhafi faces an arrest warrant and rebel forces gain ground in libya, a rebel spokesman says gadhafi is in high spirits and his propaganda campaign shows no sign either. >> reporter: libyans might be forgiven for seeing this military show oz a band on the titanic. anything other than the official line is dangerous other than unthinkable as an imperative against all. the youthful zeal that in the u.s. might be generated about i
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a high school football game comes out as revolutionary team, in libya the home team is moammar gadhafi. there is almost nothing that can't be used that can't be known to promote the brother leader. children's art focuses on the regime's overriding themes, the rebel's arrest, western leaders are bad, nato kills children. no hard evidence of child victims of nato air strikes is being presented but the line between hard military targets and civilians is perilously thin and in many cases the mistake of 100 yards or so could hand the regime a massive propaganda boost. st. marc'sjority dox church is right next to an army base that was a recent target of a nato air strike. the only damage to the church was broken windows. the priest's 9-year-old daughter, moura held her parent's hand when it happened >> they was not afraid because
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they knew nothing would happen and god would be with us, but i was afraid. >> reporter: some parents on the other hand are willing to use their children as propaganda props that lend new meaning to irresponsible. that's not to say children here are completely robbed of innocence. in fact, many aspects of daily life remain surprisingly normal under the circumstances. there is a looming threat of food shortages but markets are still reticent with the mingled sense of fruit on display. the trick is to go about your own business and mind your own business because the state makes it their business to know what everyone is doing. anyone in the street could be an informer, secret policeman. this is a place where no one can ever be sure they aren't being watched or listened to, society where having an opinion isn't a right, it's a danger. according to human rights watch the number of people detained,
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tortured, killed and disappeared during gadhafi's 41 year rule is easily in the thousands. intimidation is state policy. regular displays like this outside the main gates of the hotel where journalists must stay represented as victory celebrations but the location conveys an unmistakable message, you're at our mercy. the present crisis subsumed the fact that it is steeped in history. this arch was built in the second century. leptis magma is the ruins in africa. in world war ii, massive tank battles drenched the desert sand in blood and the sand still holds dangers. the official version of this hole is that it's an unexploded bomb dropped by nato which begs the question of why children are around. it says much about gadhafi's libya today.
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allen pizzey, cbs news, tripoli. libya's rebels claim several members of the national soccer team defected to their side and that's seen as a propaganda defeat of gadhafi. >> here is jeff glor at the news desk with one more look at the other headlines making news today. >> when you've got the football players, significant. chris, rebecca, good morning. wildfire is getting close to the los alamos national laboratory in new mexico, the lab is closed for the day. david romero of krqe has more. >> reporter: the los qonchoos fire has gained ground overnight. you can see the remnants of what burned yesterday, the smoke is covering the skies over los alamos, the flames burned as far away as albuquerque, 80 miles south of here.
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the temperatures and winds are expected to pick up throughout the day. the latest update, flames have come within a mile of the southwest corner of land they own. they have a special task force monitoring that situation. as for smoke in the town of los alamos it's not a factor right now because it has gone to such a high elevation, again that could change throughout the day. in los alamos, david romero for cbs news. more americans are living together than ever before. the recent census finds 7.5 million couples live together. the pew research center finds the number of 30 to 44 years old living as unmarried couples has more than doubled since the mid 1990s. analysis shows the median household income for those couples with college degrees was higher than those for married couples. a royal treat at wimbledon, prince william and wife catherine, the duke and duchess of cambridge entered the grounds of the all england club to watch british player andy murray's
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match. cate is a big tennis fan and been to wimbledon many times. >> the only number picture of billy the kid fetched a one-of-a-kind price. it sold for $2.3 million at an auction in denver over the weekend. the photo is believed to have been taken a year or two before billy the kid was shot dead by a sheriff in 1881. a lot of money. over to chris. >> nice shot there. the record high floods waters in minot, north dakota, are starting to recede, though up to 11,000 evacuees will not be able to go home for several days. ahead of the red cross in minot who spent days setting up shelters found his home under water. >> i'm alan magoo for the american red cross. typically we see single family fires, small events. this event however has been much, much bigger than anything we've ever seen.
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>> this town is being evacuated effective immediately. >> people need to feel they're in a safe environment and that the red cross is here to do whatever it takes to help them through this situation. >> i feel for you. >> i've lived here 11 years and for me it was like watching our close friend die. it was the whole community. everything from the grocery store i used to shop at to places i went here and there, i like to run or places i used to run, they're all gone. not knowing if that's ever going to be there again and people around here including my wife and i saw our neighborhood and our house on tv. it was tough to watch but for the most part, i think that everybody's been fairly positive. on the side here, okay. my house is just over here so going to take a look and see what we can see. doesn't look very good right now. it's the house with the two satellite dishes on there, two story house and it's up to the second floor. let's hope it's just damage we can move back in and clean it
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all up and all that good stuff. well, for the folks that see it on tv or visiting here, all you can see is devastation and water. for me, i would have to say that the small children running around, they think they're in summer camp you know, and it it's -- tough for everybody, you know, so, but the little kids, they don't know what's going on. they just know they're in a safe place, and you know, their parents are sad and stuff, but they're just moving on with their life, you know, and so there's always that part of you that says oh my god, what if this happens, what if that happens but i like to think it's all going to work out and going to work out for everybody, it's too good of a community and the state of north dakota it's too good to let that happen. >> he and his wife and their dog are staying at a friend's house as he oversees the large relief
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effort. he credits local evacuees for stemming the tide of the evacuation. it seems like for the last two weeks they say it's getting better but as you can see it's he not really getting better. >> the people have come together and that's what you want to see in these types of situations, so many of the natural destruction over the last year it's been difficult to see but nice to see people coming together. we come together with marysol castro with another check of the weather. >> for those living in and around the minot area the weather will cooperate for today. the temperatures are a little bit cooler than normal. you may wake up to some clouds but by the afternoon the sun does return. the wind is come out of the north which is what's keeping these temperatures a little bit on the cool side. it stays this way at least until wednesday, that's when the next bout of rain is expected to come through. elsewhere in the nation talking about severe storms, two specific areas the ohio river valley and the central plains.
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amarillo and st. louis under the gun for the severe weather, take good care for thunderstorms, hail, the size of ping-pongs perhaps and we can't rule out the possibility of a tornado. high temperatures are right where they should be, with the exception of two areas of course talking about the northern plains, 105 in san angelo and northern plains cooler than normal, fargo expected to reach 73, billings 77, the city of angels 82, atlanta a
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. over to chris. >> marysol, thank you so much. up next here, one of the world's great listening rooms, up and coming talent is discovered. inside nashville's small but powerful blue bird cafe. this is "the early show" here on cbs.
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from garages to basements to neighborhood bars, every musician starts somewhere hoping one day the right person will listen and a career will be born. "earl i" show contributor ayla brown is here with the story where one place that has happened time and time again. >> good morning. it's called the blue bird cafe. what makes it so special is the audience and the rich history of some pretty big singer/songwriters who have been discovered on its stage. ♪ they don't call it music city
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for nothing. nashville, tennessee's the epicenter of country. one of the most popular forms of american music. for all the honkytonks and music bars that line the streets of downtown nashville, there's one place that stands alone. >> if you haven't played the blue bird you haven't established yourself here in town. >> anybody here signing up? >> reporter: the blue bird cafe, unassuming little venue in a strip mall on the outskirts of town is the place to play. ♪ there's a couple kids kissing in the mississippi moon ♪ >> reporter: not because the stage is so great, it's not, it's kind of small and cramped, and it's not the acoustics. the allure is what the blue bird stands for. >> it is the songwriter mecca. there is no other place in town that is more special, more miss torque for songwriters than the
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blue bird cafe. >> reporter: here it isn't about how you look or how you dress or even how you play or sing. it's all about the song. >> we have one room with 100 people in it and they're piled in here, they're sitting on the kre d credenza, stools in the corner and listening. >> reporter: often they're hearing great music. taylor swift was discovered at the blue bird and so was garth brooks, one of the most popular country music art is of all-time. >> he was not going to play that night but someone was sick, garth had sang for all the record labels in town and passed on. capitol being one of them and a representative from capitol records happened to just be at the blue bird cafe that night, saw him play and he was offered a deal. historic. >> there isn't a day that somebody says something about the blue bird to garth that he won't be completely supportive
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of what we do and acknowledging what the blue bird did for him. >> reporter: turns out that's no exaggeration. >> the blue bird is the beginning and the mecca, the end. you might think this is it but trust me, the way that the blue bird is run, the songwriters are king. >> reporter: monday night is open mike night at the blue bird. where are you from? yell it out. >> oklahoma! >> reporter: and hopefuls travel miles for the chance to play. >> it's a litany of people. you can see 12-year-old girls who want to be taylor swift. >> reporter: where are you from? >> pennsylvania. >> reporter: pennsylvania? taylor swift's territory. the next taylor? >> of course. isn't everybody? >> reporter: you can see grandmothers. now it's their dream. ♪ i'm going to knock on my door late at night ♪ >> reporter: while not all the dreams are the same everybody wants to be heard. >> i want to sign me to a publishing deal. i'm not too old fat and ugly.
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>> reporter: any kind of music goes at the bird as long as it's original, family friendly and most important, heartfelt. >> i'm a little bit nervous. >> raising three kids by yourself there's not a lot you can do as far as touring. i don't expect to be a superstar. ♪ if you're going my way, would you mind giving me your list ♪ >> reporter: for most the dream will go no further than one moment on this little stage but that's enough to connect them to history. >> and it is an awesome responsibility in the true sense of the word awesome to uphold this place for the people who have been here and the people who are going to come here. ♪ this song's on me >> not only did you get to see the performers but you yourself performed at the blue bird cafe. let's take a look. ♪ i'm holding on to you tight,
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don't want to open my eyes ♪ ♪ it's such a bittersweet feeling ♪ ♪ because i'm missing you already, baby you ain't even gone ♪ >> all right, you're smiling as you watch so it turned out great but how does it compare to something like "american idol" where you were as a contestant in front of millions of people? >> i was more nervous at the blue bird because of its legendary existness and everything it stands for than standing up in front of simon cowell. we really made it an incredible performance, brennan and i want to thank them. >> they get an opportunity whether it's their one shot or not, they are playing their music, their original music in front of a room full of people
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in a room like that. >> some people will wait in line and won't get their names called and have to woman back next week so they have to go back to texas and drive again or dreams are shattered. >> you were lucky enough to have your name called. >> i was very lucky. woo. >> one of the names in the bowl. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> where are you performing next? >> july 4th, opening up for darius rucker in nashville. >> we'll talk to but it. good to see you. have a great day everybody. local news is coming up next. see you tomorrow here on "the early show." ;ç
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